Magical Uses: Romantic love, meditation, dreams, fortune-telling. Non-Magical Uses: Eases red or burning eyes; can be used to treat mouth ulcers; great tonic for the skin; used to treat mild depression. Spell: To move a relationship from friendship to something more, sprinkle jasmine flowers in a heart onto a photo of the two of you.
Magical Uses: Helps with finances, wards off the evil eye. Non-Magical Uses: Eases constipation and acts as a diuretic; used to treat gallstones; can be used as a purgative for animals. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Spell: When business isn't going well or your personal finances suffer, and you suspect it is because someone wishes you ill, burn some buckthorn on the flame of a black candle while saying, "Whatever evils my finances have here I'll cast them back, I have no fear!"
Magical Uses: Healing, protection from evil spirits. Non-Magical Uses: Can be drunk as a tonic; reduces fever; used to treat worms in humans and animals; eases pain; soothes insect and snake bites; draws out snake poison. Only use in a very diluted form, as pure wormwood can be poisonous. The liquor absinthe is made from wormwood. Spell: If you feel that bad spirits work against your spells, place a piece of wormword or a few drops of wormwood essential oil on your altar or Book of shadows to ward your magic.
Magical Uses: Occult knowledge, psychic arts, past lives. Non-Magical Uses: Used as an inhalation; stimulates the nervous system and circulation; helps relieve menstrual pain; a very diluted camphor compress can treat chapped lips. Do not use the oil undiluted on the skin. Spell: Wash with camphor soap before working magic and/ or put some camphor-based mothballs in your ritual robes when not wearing them to help you retain magical and occult knowledge.
Magical Uses: Concentration, healing, business success. Non-Magical Uses: Can ease coughs and tonsillitis; is antiseptic and antifungal; can help treat gingivitis and other gum diseases; treats dry, itchy scalp and dandruff. While it is fine to eat thyme-flavored foods during pregnancy, you shouldn't eat whole spoonfuls or use the essential oil at that time. Spell: Burn thyme before studying for an exam to improve concentration, either by burning the herb on an open fire or by using the essential oil in an aromatherapy burner.
Magical Uses: Luck (especially the four-leaved clover), prosperity, happy relationships. Non-Magical Uses: Used to treat breathing and skin problems as well as PMS; gentle enough to be used on children's skin. Spell: Dry a four-leaf clover and keep it with your test papers when preparing for an exam or driving test to help you succeed.
Magical Uses: Healing, love, anti-stress, driving evil spirits away. Non-Magical Uses: Antibacterial and antiviral; lessens itching and swelling of fresh insect bites; used in the treatment of cold sores and the herpes simplex virus; treats depression and anxiety. Spell: If you or a friend are sick, place five lemon balm leaves, arranged in the shape of a pentagram, on top of a photograph of the sick person. Leave it where the moonlight can shine on it until they get better.
Magical Uses: Peaceful relationships, friendship, dream magic. Non-Magical Uses: Aids in sleep issues; eases the mind and body; eases PMS and menopausal symptoms. Spell: Add some crushed valerian leaves or dried valerian to your bath water before attempting dream magic, such as encouraging lucid dreaming or divinatory dreams.
Magical Uses: Fun, animal magic, beauty. Non-Magical Uses: Repels mosquitoes; cats act as if 'high' on it; can act as a stimulant or sedative for humans; stimulates sweating so can help break a fever; will reduce dandruff; eases swollen and puffy eyes; can be used as a flea-repellent bath for animals or as an anti-flea shampoo for carpets. Spell: Add some young catnip leaves to a salad for a party to ensure great fun on the night!
Magical Uses: Courage, standing up for your beliefs, fairies. Non-Magical Uses: Eases sore throats; can be used to treat jaundice, when diluted with a carrier oil, and applied to the skin; can help in cases of mild depression and stress. Spell: To get extra courage to solve a problem or to stand up for what you believe in, cup a thistle flower between your palms while imagining yourself in the situation and resolving it successfully.
Magical Uses: Motherhood, courage, inner strength. Non-Magical Uses: Can help with gas and heartburn; eases chronic coughs; treats gingivitis and sore throats; increases menstruation, urine flow and breast milk, but should not be used during pregnancy. Spell: Throw fennel seed instead of rice or confetti at a wedding if the couple wishes to conceive.
Magical Uses: Lucid dreaming, protection, health. Non-Magical Uses: Breathing issues; pulled muscles and sprains; abscesses and warts, will help them recede. Spell: To aid you in lucid dreaming, sew some eucalyptus leaves into a purple pillow and sleep on it.
Magical Uses: Relaxation, seeing things positively, breaking bad habits. Non-Magical Uses: May reduce blood pressure; helps regulate blood sugar levels; promotes relaxation. Spell: To break a bad habit or see something in a more positive light, place a symbol of the issue on a white plate. Take five blades of chive and arrange them in a pentagram shape around the symbol. Leave this undisturbed until the issue has been resolved.
Magical Uses: Business success, good luck, gambling. Non-Magical Uses: Stimulates appetite and the healing of wounds; soothes a sore throat and irritated membranes; has a lot of iron. Spell: Sprinkle some Irish Mess under the welcome mat or under the carpet of your business to attract a steady stream of paying customers.
Magical Uses: Health, meditation, calmness, luck. Non-Magical Uses: Used as a mild sedative to cure insomnia; eases stomach cramps and aches; eases menstrual cramps; lessens teething discomfort; anti-inflammatory; eases rheumatic pains; externally will ease hemorrhoids and sunburn; can also be used as a tonic for other plants. Spell: Nervous before a big test or job interview? Sprinkle chamomile flowers in a clockwise motion around your bed before you go to sleep for a restful sleep and to increase your luck.
Magical Uses: Talking to ancestors, helping ghosts move on, love magic. Non-Magical Uses: Helps with a range of lung complaints, from coughs and bronchitis to asthma; strengthens the immune system to deal with allergies and after taking strong traditional medicines such as antibiotics and steroids; detoxifies; can be used to mask the bitter taste of other medicinal herbs. Chewing on licorice can raise your blood pressure briefly, so it should not be taken by those who suffer from high blood pressure. Often combined with Wild Garlic: When dealing with the dead in magic spells or put on the altar, then eaten together when trying to contact ancestors. Spell: If you wish to make contact with your ancestors, rub a black candle with licorice oil or a licorice root. Light it, then place a photo of the ancestor (or their name on a piece of paper) in front of the candle. Visualize yourself with them and start talking to them.
Magical Uses: Divination, fertility, sleep. Non-Magical Uses: Can be drunk to ease stomach upsets; gives great energy; petals can be made into a tea to promote sleep. Often combined with Jasmine tea: Drink before dream magic. Spell: To see what the future brings, throw a handful of poppy seeds onto a small fire. Inhale the smoke and ask the deities to show you the answer to your question.
Magical Uses: Anti-negativity, friendship, exams, longevity. Non-magical Uses: Used to treat varicose veins and hemorrhoids as well as cellulite; the peel is eaten to ease upset stomachs; great for boosting the immune system; high vitamin C content; lemon diluted in water can be gargled to ease sore throats; the oil is refreshing and helps with concentration. Often combined with Cardamom: Promotes friendship. Spell: To remove negativity from the home, quarter a lemon and place one slice into each corner of the main room of your home. The lemon will soak up negative energy and may go black. Remove when black or moldy.